The “dry” rainy season has now turned more normal and wet. It has been raining every day, fortunately not all day. I have been lucky in that it has not rained much on me while riding my bike to and from work. Yesterday, my luck ran out. It started to rain at around 3pm and didn’t let up until after 10. I hung around until a little before 6pm. After that it gets too dark. So I embarked in the rain and got completely soaked.
It was not that bad. The rain in Brasília is warm and once you get completely wet additional drops make no difference and I had dry clothes at home. Of course, I got a lot of red dirt up my back, down my pants.
It rained again during the night and in Saturday morning, but there was an opening around 2pm. This time my luck held. I rode over to the Embassy to lift weights. Exactly as I arrived, it started to rain. And it stopped almost exactly when I wanted to leave. Sweet. But was even more interesting. As I rode done the hill, I noticed that the road was completely dry except for where water had flowed from the slightly higher slope of the hill. This is how it is in Brasília. It can rain hard in one place and not at all a few yards away. I took the picture above to illustrate. You see we have the sun in one place, rain in another and a rainbow at the end.
It does make it hard to predict the weather, however, or even report it. This afternoon, it rained at the Embassy, but I don’t think that it rained at my house, less than four miles away as the crow flies.